An off-duty police officer sustained injuries in a Los Angeles car accident after he was struck by a car, which turned into a driveway in front of the officer’s motorcycle. The Pasadena Star-News reports that the motorcycle crash occurred on Bellefontaine Street near St. John Street, in Pasadena, the morning of March 22, 2010. Police say the driver of the car made a turn while cutting off the LAPD officer on the motorcycle. The injured officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to have been life-threatening. The car’s driver was uninjured.
I’m relieved to hear that this off-duty officer did not sustain serious injuries in this car versus motorcycle accident. I wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery from his injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 46 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Pasadena, California. Countywide, 114 deaths and 2,934 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Fault and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the other vehicle turned in front of the motorcycle. This unfortunately occurs quite often because drivers do not consciously look for a motorcycle or for that matter, a bicycle or a pedestrian, while making a turn. Drivers instinctively look for larger vehicles such as cars, trucks or SUVs when they make a turn. Such actions on the part of the driver often prove dangerous or even fatal for motorcyclists because they have very little in terms of protection.
I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver of the car may have been negligent here. Was he or she intoxicated at the time? Was the driver distracted or driving recklessly at the time? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which prevented the driver from seeing the motorcyclist? If that was the case, the city or governmental agency in charge of maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within six months of the accident or injury, according to California Government Code section 911.2.
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held financially responsible for the officer’s injuries. In such cases, victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy, continued treatment and other related damages. An experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to advise victims, in such cases, about their legal rights and options.
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